Wiretap Episodes

August 14, 2014

From Etgar Keret's story of a bus driver who's a stickler for rules, to a woman who performs in a room full of tough guys at a maximum security prison, to cartoonist Dave Collier on re-enlisting in the army in his 40s. Plus, our listeners weigh in on what makes them feel tough, and Josh goes to great lengths to get noticed at his local watering hole. Featuring Joshua Karpati and Laura Krafft. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Whether you're an early adopter or a modern-day Luddite, there's no denying that the internet is playing an ever-increasing role in our society. But what is it doing to our brains? We speak with Pulitzer Prize nominee Nicholas Carr about how the web is changing how we think. Plus, Jonathan's 70 year-old father explains YouTube, and a love story that revives a method of communication even slower than snail mail. And don't miss the latest appearance by Howard Chackowicz! Featuring Starlee Kine, Buzz Goldstein and a theme song by the Heart of the Fox. Submit your own WireTap theme song. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.   

August 11, 2014

Ever get the feeling that it's all been done? That there really is nothing new under the sun? We speak with an expert on déjà vu about the possibility that we've all been through this before. Plus, Howard boasts of a new creation only to realize it's already been invented, and a couple who has been through pretty much everything together, even their worst nightmare. Featuring Tom McMorrow, Courtney Coyne and Marie D. Jones. Special thanks to Jennifer Brandel for having a dream about hot smoothies. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Of all the deadly sins, Envy is perhaps the darkest. No one wants to admit to harbouring such a mean little emotion. Yet we've all experienced it at one time or another. This week, we speak with author Joseph Epstein about what he calls the least fun of sins. Plus, a woman who envies everyone she meets, and a train ride to Montreal becomes one man's personal hell. Featuring David Rakoff, Starlee Kine and Gregor Ehrlich. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

July 31, 2014

  Why do awkward situations make us so uncomfortable? We speak with an expert on the subject for tips on how to deal with discomforting situations, and a story from writer Lydia Davis about navigating one of life's more awkward moments. Plus, Jonathan is thrown out of his comfort zone when Howard shows up in the studio with a CBC tour group to observe Jon's every more. Featuring Jason Mantzoukas and Samantha Scholfield. Lydia Davis' story 'Passing Wind' is from The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the U.S. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Can anger be healthy? Why is God allowed to get angry but we're not? From anger management for children to unhelpful meditation exercises for adults, we bring you part two of our series on the 7 deadly sins: Wrath. [Original broadcast: Season 8] Featuring Starlee Kine, Joshua Karpati, professor Lawrence Cunningham and stories byRoss Murray and Ranee Zaporski. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

July 28, 2014

You're probably familiar with all the classic optical illusions... but what about optical illusions for the radio? Well, for the first time ever, we bring you these brand new, delightful trickeries for your ears. And we all know appearances can be deceiving, so why do we put so much effort into curating how we appear to others? From an exploration of what our style says about us with writer Sheila Heti to a conversation about a toupee for your soul with Tim Kreider, we investigate the art of appearance. Plus, Howard puts on airs to show his 78-year old neighbour who's top dog of the block. Featuring Dina Goldstein and writing by Dan Guterman, which first appeared in The New Yorker. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
A man recounts his rug-buying adventures in Istanbul, and Laura Krafft admits to being a compulsive eye-roller. Plus, Gregor discusses how his life had changed since having a kid. This episode also features a theme song by listener Mark Hulme.  This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

July 17, 2014

How do you want to be remembered? This week, we explore the notion of legacy and what we leave behind. From a man whose legacy is to be the butt of all jokes, to an artist who worries he'll have no legacy at all, to the story of Maurice Silcoff who died last month at the ripe old age of 104, and makes us wonder: do centenarians think about legacy in the same way as an 80 year-old? Plus, a visit from The Underminer, the best friend who casually destroys your life.    Featuring Mike Albo, Buzz Goldstein and Mireille Silcoff. Special thanks to Virginia Heffernan and Tanya Birkbeck. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Two tales of man and machine: In the first, a man travels through space with a robot that wants to kill him... as would anyone, the man being extremely annoying. And in the second, the true story of a man who used a tape recorder to document every minute of his life, for three years.    Part of this week's WireTap was produced by David Weinberg of the Random Tape podcast. His story features songs from Mark's band Masks Phantom. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.